Just after he signed a five-year deal at Camp Nou, Umtiti has now turned his head to Russia and the performance of the France international team there.Samuel Umtiti is now relaxed as he has already done everything he can for the near future – he is a part of the France team, he just signed a five-year contract extension with Barcelona, despite being linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this season, and is now in a relaxed mood.Winning the La Liga and Copa del Rey with the Catalan side, Umtiti will certainly play a key part in France’s participation in the tournament in Russia.Barca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“Since my extension, I feel light, I can concentrate only on the field. I had already gone through that [transfers] in the European Championships. It was better to do so [in this way],” Umtiti said, according to Goal.“In this team, there are quite a few young players but some with experience. We must not force leadership. What makes the strength of this group is unity,” Umtiti added, addressing the international team.“We must play seriously but without pressure. We’re looking for landmarks, automatism. This is the purpose of the preparation.”
Gareth Southgate is ready for talks with the FA over a new deal after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals.Southgate and the FA agreed on a contract worth about £2.5 million a year, plus bonuses, to succeed Sam Allardyce in 2016. His current contract will run out in 2020 but has a built-in break option after the World Cup.A source close to the FA said: ‘Gareth is set to sign a new contract and both sides want to get a deal agreed quickly.’The option would have allowed the FA to replace Southgate on the cheap if he had failed to deliver on their expectations. But, after leading England to the nation’s best World Cup since Italia 90, Southgate is in a strong position, and the FA are keen to extend his deal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.It could be worth up to £5m a year, including bonuses, to Southgate and ensure he will lead the country through the 2020 European Championship and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The FA are also set to thrash out a settlement to release them from a £6m image rights contract.England players’ commercial work has been organized for the last decade by 1966 Entertainment, an outside agency whose contract runs until 2030.Following the World Cup in Russia, the FA want to work directly with England players rather than having to go through a third party for all sponsorship matters.A source close to the FA said: ‘It is in the interests of all parties to agree to a deal, so we need to come to a figure which compensates 1966 for loss of revenues.’
Antonio Valencia may likely leave Manchester United at the end of the season and is already negotiating with Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.The approach towards the 33-year-old right-back had already been mentioned in Italy.Reports from Football Italia claims that talks over personal terms have already begun.Valencia will be a free agent when his contract at Old Trafford expires in June and he intends to walk away after 10 years at the club.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Ecuador international joined the Red Devils from Wigan in 2009 as a winger, but has transformed into an effective right-back.Although Manchester United do have an option to extend the contract by 12 months, it does not look as if they’re going to use it.Inter Milan are currently fighting for a place in the Champions League in the Serie A and may still qualify via the Europa League if they get their hands on the trophy.
4 22 Photos 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper More From Roadshow Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Car Industry Electric Cars Diesel Cars Tags If something is directly contributing to pollution and public health problems, you’d probably want to cut it out entirely rather than simply reducing it. That’s the underlying idea behind Amsterdam’s impending vehicle and motorcycle ban.The city of Amsterdam will ban both gas and diesel variants of cars and motorcycles starting in 2030. The reason behind this is pretty simple: air quality. As Reuters notes in its report, the Netherlands’ air pollution is “worse than European rules permit,” much of which is due to the sheer quantity of cars and motorcycles in its cities. It’s not just some invisible specter, either. As air quality lessens, it can adversely affect people’s health, especially among children, the sick and the elderly. “Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said Sharon Dijksma, Amsterdam’s traffic councilor, when announcing the plans.Enlarge ImageClean air and water are occasionally nice things to have. ElOjoTorpe/Getty Images Like many other similar bans, it’ll happen in stages. The first is supposed to arrive next year, when Amsterdam will ban diesel cars that are more than 15 years old, preventing them from entering the area within the A10 ring road around the city center. In 2022, non-zero-emission buses will be banned, and in 2025, the ban will grow to include pleasure craft (Amsterdam has waterways, too) and mopeds. By 2030, if a vehicle emits anything from the tailpipe, it won’t be welcome.It will require a monumental effort to prepare Amsterdam on the current timeline. The Guardian notes that, in addition to encouraging city residents to buy new electric or hydrogen vehicles, Amsterdam will need to install between 13,000 and 20,000 charging stations by 2025 in order to ensure everybody has access to electricity.While it’s a noble cause, not everyone is on board with the idea. The Rai Association, lobbyists for the automotive industry, lambasted the plan in a statement to The Guardian, saying that requiring its citizens to spend money on expensive electric cars will make Amsterdam “a city of the rich.” Electric cars are slowly decreasing in price as time goes on, but they are still generally more expensive than internal-combustion counterparts.Cities and countries across Europe have flirted with the idea of certain kinds of vehicle bans in an effort to improve air quality. Back in 2017, both France and the UK said they hoped to eliminate gas and diesel vehicle sales by 2040. In 2018, a German court ruled that individual cities were allowed to implement these kinds of bans, and at least one city has signaled the intent to do exactly that. Share your voice 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
Katherine Streeter for NPREditor’s Note:This story was originally published in November 2016 and has been republished with updates.It’s the sixth annual #GivingTuesday — a holiday marketing tradition inspired by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but with a twist. Today thousands of charities are asking us to open our wallets. But how can we be sure the group we donate to is effective — that we’re getting the most bang for our charity buck?That question was vexing Elie Hassenfeld several years ago. He worked at a hedge fund, and he and a colleague wanted to give money to charity. Since they are numbers-oriented finance types, they wanted to maximize the results from their donation by finding groups that could offer the biggest impact per dollar.“We were shocked by how little useful information was available,” says Hassenfeld.Sure there were the rating sites that show how much a given charity spends on overhead and point up any red flags suggesting possible mismanagement.But that’s not what Hassenfeld wanted to know: There was “nothing that said, ‘this is how much a charity can accomplish with the donation that you give.’ “And so in 2007, Hassenfeld and his friend, Holden Karnofsky, decided to start a nonprofit called GiveWell. The mission: Come up with an annual short list of charities they can recommend based on hard evidence. But it turns out this data-driven approach has its own set of issues.First off, it means GiveWell has to limit itself to recommending charities for which there is scientific proof of effectiveness.“Randomized controlled trials [by academics and health organizations] of, for example, distributing malaria nets in Africa to see how consistently and how effectively that reduces cases of malaria and saves lives,” says Hassenfeld.According to GiveWell’s analysis, passing out $5 bed nets against malaria-carrying mosquitoes saves a lot of lives. And that puts Against Malaria Foundation at the top of the group’s nine picks for the 2017 giving season — just unveiled on its website.The organization’s data-driven approach leads to a list that may not sit well with all donors. For instance, many people feel particularly moved to help others who are close to home – say, by donating to a local homeless shelter or a youth arts program. But though GiveWell is based in the United States, the organization does not recommend donating to any charities that serve Americans.“The needs are just so great overseas that a dollar goes a lot further there,” explains Hassenfeld. For instance, he says, “donating something like $3,500 to Against Malaria Foundation saves the life of a child who would otherwise die of malaria. The equivalent amount [in the United States] would do something like pay for a couple months of schooling for one child.”A second challenge is the dearth of reliable data for many programs that focus on the world’s poorest. While academics and international health organizations have done rigorous studies of health interventions, it’s only in the last decade that economic development and empowerment programs have started being subjected to similar scrutiny.So says Hassenfeld, “there might be outstanding programs and organizations that we would recommend if only there were more evidence assessing their impact. The fact that we don’t recommend something doesn’t mean we think it’s ineffective.” It may just mean that no one has studied it.That had been the case with one of two new charities on GiveWell’s 2017 list: Evidence Action’s No Lean Season. The group provides no-interest loans to help farmers in Bangladesh migrate to the city for better paid work during the “lean season” when they’re waiting to harvest their crops. Hassenfeld says GiveWell had been intrigued by the charity’s work for several years but it’s only this year that he feels there is sufficient data to support a recommendation.Also, the charities that make GiveWell’s cut aren’t exactly household names. Take the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.“Yes, schistosomiasis — it’s an intestinal worm,” says Hassenfeld.He’s very passionate on the subject. The worm is common among children in sub-Saharan Africa, causing cognitive and physical development delays, he notes. And according to GiveWell’s analysis, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative can de-worm a kid for just 50 cents.“When the worms are treated children may grow up to earn significantly more money in adulthood,” says Hassenfeld. “So a very small amount of money may have really, really large long-term effects.”But Hassenfeld’s argument for supporting schistosomiasis work points up a third issue with a data-driven approach to donation decisions. Social science research suggests rational, statistics-based appeals are not what motivate most people. Tell us about one child who needs our help and we’re sold. Rattle off numbers about an obscure disease in a faraway place and a lot of us start to feel overwhelmed and turned off.Hassenfeld doesn’t disagree. “If my goal were to try to maximize the amount of money that I was able to raise for charity I wouldn’t do it via numbers and analysis,” he says. “I would do it via pictures and stories.”But he says GiveWell is trying to appeal to a narrower slice of the donor pool, “a particular type of person who’s just thinking about their charitable giving in a very different way.” For them, the very obscurity of schistosomiasis is a draw. “They say, ‘This is not sexy, I haven’t heard about this and here’s a group that’s done the analysis and they say this is one of the best ways I can donate and accomplish a ton of good.’ “In just nine years GiveWell has convinced about 14,000 people — largely technology and finance professionals under age 40, like the group’s founders, to donate a total of more $100 million dollars to the charities it has selected.Still, at least one of the charities on GiveWell’s list is starting re-think the data-based pitch for donations.It’s a fairly new group called GiveDirectly, launched in 2009. (We ran an in-depth story on their work that you can read here.) And basically, it wants to take your cash and just hand it over to an extremely poor person. No strings attached. The beneficiary can spend the money however he or she sees fit.That idea can be a tough case to make, says Ian Bassin, who manages donor relations for GiveDirectly among other duties.“I mean we are asking people to do something that I think most people instinctively psychologically are resistant to.”But he adds that GiveDirectly is motivated by cold hard facts: “It turns out that rigorous scientific evidence over the last ten to fifteen years has shown that actually giving people the power of choice to decide what their priorities are is one of the most effective ways to help the poor.”Maybe they end up spending the money on school tuition for a school. Maybe they decide to install a new roof that saves them expensive continual repairs. The point is, studies show that extremely poor people often know their needs best, and when you just give them the cash, over the long haul incomes rise, hunger goes down, there’s even more gender equality.Give Directly was founded by four economists who were inspired by those findings. At first they wanted to make their case to donors just on the numbers. They were determined to avoid what Bassin calls “poverty porn — people putting a picture of a starving child on a video [or] infomercial.”In just a few years they’ve raised more than $130 million dollars.But last fall they unveiled a new feature on their website: a running list of photos and profiles of the beneficiaries. To expand further, they’ve concluded that they need to reach a broader audience.“There’s a limit to how many of the sort of wonky evidence-type based donors that we could have,” Bassin explains.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Altice USA Pools Cheddar, i24 News Resources to Expand U.S. Coverage Cheddar Acquired by Cable Operator Altice USA for $200 Million CuriosityStream launched in 2015 as the brainchild of Hendricks, the founder of cable’s Discovery Channel. The service offers an array of documentary and factual programming for $3 a month or $20 a year.John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of CuriosityStream, commented: “Today, consumers are beginning to view on-demand streaming services that dependably deliver movies, general television entertainment and factual content, such as Netflix, Hulu and CuriosityStream respectively, as standard viewing requirements. It is only natural that forward-leaning distributors such as Altice USA are finding ways to bundle top streaming services into their universal customer offerings.”CuriosityStream content will also be added to Altice’s roster of on-demand programming distributed via its set-top boxes.“With today’s announcement, nearly 5 million more households will be treated to thousands of the world’s best factual programs across all non-fiction genres including science, nature, history, technology, current events, lifestyles, human adventure, and more,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CuriosityStream president and CEO, Related Altice USA has set a deal with John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream to expand distribution of the science- and history-focused subscription streaming service.The deal will make CuriosityStream available to all Altice USA’s 4.9 million customers across 21 states, including a big cluster serving New York and Connecticut. Altice also plans to add the CuriosityStream app to its digital operating system.“We’re always looking at ways to enrich the customer experience, which is why we are pleased to bring CuriosityStream’s rich 4K visuals and storytelling to our Optimum and Suddenlink customers as a value-added benefit,” said Hakim Boubazine, Altice USA co-president and chief operating officer. “Whether through traditional video or digital streaming offerings, our platform enables the delivery of all types of content to our customers so they can access what they want, when they want it.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Explore further Journal information: Science Morality clearly plays a role in modern society, in many instances, it might even be cited as one of the prime preventers of chaos—people see, hear and engage in things that they deem moral, or immoral, and tend to respond in certain ways because of it. But because of its ephemeral nature, scientists have had difficulty not only defining and measuring it but perhaps more importantly, finding the ways in which it works in people and in society as a whole. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to learn more about how morality works by periodically asking people directly about their observations, feelings and acts.In the experiment, 1,252 people found via social media, agreed to download an app to their phone that allowed the researchers to query them at random times regarding moral acts they engaged in or witnessed during the prior hour, how it made them feel and how they responded. Text messages were sent to the volunteers and received from them over a period of three days. Afterwards, the researchers analyzed the 13,240 messages they’d received from the volunteers to see if they could spot patterns, trends or other pertinent information.Among the host of findings, the team discovered that those who considered themselves religious didn’t necessarily commit more or less moral or immoral acts than those who did not. They also found that people who were the target of a moral act tended to feel better about themselves than did those who committed a moral act themselves—and those same people tended to also be more likely to commit a moral act later on—social scientists call it moral contagion.The researchers also found evidence that suggests political affiliation had an impact on morality as well—those of a liberal persuasion, for example, tended to focus more on fairness between people, while those who saw themselves as more conservative tended to respond more strongly to acts of respecting authority or the status quo.The study marks a new foray into sociological testing techniques using new technology and might just be one of many to come that seek to better define the rules by which people behave in society. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands has uncovered some new ideas about the nature of morality by using a smartphone app. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they enlisted a large group of people to serve as volunteers in a morality experiment, and what they learned as a result. Jesse Graham, of the University of Southern California offers a Perspective piece in the same journal issue. Citation: Smartphone app used by experimenters to learn more about aspects of morality (2014, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-smartphone-app-experimenters-aspects-morality.html Image of the Smartphone Experience-Sampling Signal (SMS linking to smartphone survey). Credit: Wilhelm Hofmann More information: Morality in everyday life, Science 12 September 2014: Vol. 345 no. 6202 pp. 1340-1343 DOI: 10.1126/science.1251560 ABSTRACTThe science of morality has drawn heavily on well-controlled but artificial laboratory settings. To study everyday morality, we repeatedly assessed moral or immoral acts and experiences in a large (N = 1252) sample using ecological momentary assessment. Moral experiences were surprisingly frequent and manifold. Liberals and conservatives emphasized somewhat different moral dimensions. Religious and nonreligious participants did not differ in the likelihood or quality of committed moral and immoral acts. Being the target of moral or immoral deeds had the strongest impact on happiness, whereas committing moral or immoral deeds had the strongest impact on sense of purpose. Analyses of daily dynamics revealed evidence for both moral contagion and moral licensing. In sum, morality science may benefit from a closer look at the antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of everyday moral experience. © 2014 Phys.org How do former churchgoers build a new moral identity? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: Presidency University Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia on Monday sought another four to five months from the students to hand over the Hindu Hostel after renovation. Meanwhile, the students have decided to continue their agitation in demand of the hostel and claimed that they will turn the university into a hostel and will stay there until they are handed over the renovated hostel.Lohia, who faced protest from the agitating students while entering the varsity, said that the Public Works Department (PWD) of the state government has not been able to complete the renovation work in time. The V-C had promised to open the Hindu Hostel for students by July 15. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”I apologise for the delay in handing over the hostel to the students. The day PWD completes the work for renovation, the hostel will be handed over to the students,” Lohia said. She also reiterated that the university authorities will not compromise with the safety of the students while renovation of the hostel. The agitating students said that they will bring all their belongings from their hostel at Tarulia in New Town and will turn the university into their hostel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We will be studying here and will stay here overnight,” an agitating student said. Clothes belonging to the students were found hanging in front of the room of the V-C on Monday. It may be mentioned that Hindu Hostel has been closed for renovation since July 2015 and the students were offered hostel facilities at NewTown.The V-C on Thursday brought out a notification, declaring the delay in handing over the hostel. She also stated that a committee has been formed with as many as six student representatives in it, for supervising the renovation work for the hostel.The students had started their agitation from Friday at the administrative building of the university.